J.J. Pearl comes to Gym Source as the Regional Sales Director for the Mid Atlantic with 24 years of industry experience in both facility operations and commercial equipment sales.
For 11 years he was a Fitness Director, Regional Fitness Director, and General Manager at the Columbia Association in Columbia, MD, one of the finest Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation companies in the country. While at CA, he led facilities and programs that were widely recognized by IHRSA and the Mid Atlantic Club Association. J.J. was also in-charge of CA’s fitness facility design and equipment procurement.
Following his time at CA, J.J. served as the Mid Atlantic Territory Manager for CYBEX International for 11 ½ years where he won dozens of awards for performance and service to a wide variety of markets. While at CYBEX, J.J. served on the Product Advisory Board that created strategies/action plans for product and service improvement, as well as, new product design and launch. His performance at CYBEX and dedicated service to all of his customers created a reputation as one of the industry’s very best with a sterling reputation. J.J. worked with some of the country’s most elite commercial, government, collegiate, private, and military facilities. He’s become a trusted consultant to hundreds of customers and colleagues.
A native of Boca Raton, FL, J.J. earned a degree in Health Education from Penn State University (1992) where he was a scholarship lacrosse goalie. Continuously amongst the NCAA leaders in save percentage, J.J. helped the team to consistently be ranked in the top 15. J.J. was recognized as one of nation’s top goaltenders during his time with the Nittany Lions – winning several awards and still ranking 5th all-time in saves at Penn State, which has competed in DI lacrosse for 104 years. After Penn State, J.J. played several years of professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League for the Pittsburgh and Baltimore franchises. He was one of only 2 American starting goaltenders in the league. Regularly playing in the largest arenas in front of thousands of fans on national TV, helped him develop a calm determined demeanor. In 2007, J.J. returned to pro lacrosse at age 36, and earned a roster spot on the USA National Indoor Lacrosse Team that competed amongst some of the best teams ever assembled at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Nova Scotia, Canada. J.J. helped the USA win a Bronze Medal by contributing an 85% save percentage and an incredibly rare shut-out in the preliminary rounds. It was a dream come true to represent and earn that USA jersey.
He currently lives in Reisterstown, MD with his wife Debbie and 2 sons - Hunter, a junior Defenseman at Penn State, and Keegan – an Attackmen that signed with DI Furman University where he’ll be a freshman in the fall of 2017.
Reisterstown, MD 21136